All Politics Is Local for Hillary Clinton Super PAC

Ready for Hillary dispatched 20 volunteers to get out the vote in local New Hampshire election Tuesday.

Intern Avery Jaffe is seen working at the 'Ready For Hillary' Super PAC offices on behalf of undeclared US Presidential candidate and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton July 11, 2013 in a shopping center office in Alexandria, Virginia. The 'Ready For Hillary' Super PAC has already mailed out 50,000 'Ready For Hillary' bumber stickers to potential financial doners. The Super PAC is sending out I-Phone buttons, lapel buttons, bumper stickers, t-shirts, hats, and other promotional items. 
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March 12, 2014, 1:27 p.m.

Ready for Hil­lary is seek­ing to make in­roads with voters any­way it can — even by in­ter­ven­ing in a loc­al elec­tion. Es­pe­cially if it’s in New Hamp­shire.

The su­per PAC lay­ing ground­work for a pos­sible Hil­lary Clin­ton pres­id­en­tial cam­paign dis­patched 20 vo­lun­teers to west­ern New Hamp­shire on Tues­day to help get out the vote in a com­pet­it­ive race for a spot on the state’s Ex­ec­ut­ive Coun­cil, a five-mem­ber state gov­ern­ment over­sight board. And while Demo­crats ul­ti­mately came up short in the spe­cial elec­tion, the trip was far from a loss for Ready for Hil­lary, which con­tin­ues to grow its list of po­ten­tial Clin­ton sup­port­ers.

Demo­crat Mi­chael Cryans was locked in a tight battle with Re­pub­lic­an Joe Ken­ney to rep­res­ent a 264,000-pop­u­la­tion dis­trict on the coun­cil, which ad­vises and serves as a watch­dog over the gov­ernor.

Re­pub­lic­ans have held the seat for dec­ades, and Demo­crats ac­tu­ally came close to pick­ing it off. The race was too close to call on Tues­day night, but Cryans con­ceded on Wed­nes­day morn­ing. He lost by about 1,300 votes.

Ready for Hil­lary spokes­man Seth Bring­man said the bulk of the group’s ef­fort was dir­ec­ted to­ward en­cour­aging col­lege stu­dents, a key but some­times un­re­li­able Demo­crat­ic con­stitu­ency, from Dart­mouth Uni­versity and Ply­mouth State Uni­versity to cast bal­lots, as WMUR-TV first re­por­ted Tues­day. The su­per PAC or­gan­ized rides to the polls — col­lect­ing valu­able email ad­dresses for its list all the while.

The loc­al race gave the group an op­por­tun­ity to sign up new sup­port­ers and gain voter in­form­a­tion in the first-in-the-na­tion primary state, and it show­cased its will­ing­ness to lend a hand to can­did­ates not named Clin­ton. Some Demo­crats have re­cently ex­pressed con­cern that the su­per PACs fo­cused on put­ting Clin­ton in the White House are di­vert­ing re­sources away from the party’s press­ing needs in 2014.

Bring­man did not name any spe­cif­ic 2014 races on the group’s radar at this point, but he said Ready for Hil­lary will mo­bil­ize sup­port for can­did­ates Clin­ton en­dorses, as it did in the 2013 Vir­gin­ia gubernat­ori­al and New York City may­or­al races. Dur­ing the fi­nal stretches of those cam­paigns, the group sent out fun­drais­ing emails and dir­ec­ted vo­lun­teers to help get voters to the polls.

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